Archive for January, 2016

Earn Commission For Your School/Nursery/Activity Group With Name Labels

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

We run a commission scheme that allows organisations to earn commission on sales of name labels placed by customers who have an affiliation with that organisation. While most of our affiliate partners are schools, we also have a number of nurseries and activity groups (including sporting groups, activity clubs, and various members of the Scout and Guide movements) who have signed up with us.

Name labels are a quick and easy way to label clothing and items to prevent these belongings from going missing. The organisations who sign up with us tend to have a large number of attendees or members who spend time in shared spaces, where it is easy for items to get mixed up or go missing. For example, schools are busy, hectic environments in which hundreds of children share the same classrooms, halls, and corridors and will each be armed with a very similar (if not identical) set of uniform(s) and equipment that they have to move from place to place (as well as between school and home). Likewise, activity groups will likely use similar or identical equipment during their meetings or events, while groups such as Scouts and Guides will require their members to wear the same uniform and – when events such as camping trips are organised – they will often have the same equipment with them as well.

Our commission scheme allows these groups to promote name labels to their pupils or members (or, perhaps more accurately, the parents of their pupils or members) to help prevent issues of Lost Property AND to earn commission on sales of those name labels, which they can then put towards ongoing fundraising projects or funds for future trips and/or events.

We’ve designed our commission scheme to be as simple as possible, with one step registration that results in year round fundraising and requires minimal input (with no initial or ongoing costs). With our scheme, it’s entirely up the school, nursery, or group to decide how much time they want to spend promoting the fundraising opportunity we offer.

Here’s a basic guide to how it works:
– You register your school (PTA)/group and we assign you a unique code.
– You let parents know about the scheme and give them the code they need to quote when they order.
– EVERY order we receive where that code is quoted will earn commission for your school or group.
– We keep track of your commission total and send out a cheque once a year in October.
And that’s pretty much it.

Parents can order from our website, by phone, or by post any time throughout the year; we despatch all orders within three working days (same day in June, July, and August) directly to parents – all you need to do is make sure they know your code to earn commission for your school or group.

Our basic rate of commission is 15%, but you can boost this to 30% by putting a link on your website. This is simple to do and you can explain a bit about the scheme AND include the code that parents need to use – you can also create a link that will automatically enter your code when parents order so the order will always count towards your commission total even if parents forget to add the number. We have a page on our website that explains how to add a link AND includes a Link Registration form so you can let us know that you’ve added a link and you want your 30%!

We also provide a number of free resources to help you promote the scheme and your unique code with minimal effort and fuss, including:
– Fundraising Guide: this explains how the scheme works and has a number of helpful tips to get you up and running.
– Commission Booster Plan: based on our experience of running a commission scheme, this plan provides you with a shortlist of things you can do to boost the amount you earn for your fundraising efforts.
– Parent Leaflets: free leaflets that you can distribute to parents to promote the scheme AND your unique code.
– Example Parent Letters: sending out a letter with the leaflets is a really easy way to explain a bit more about the scheme, about the fundraising projects you are hoping to earn money towards, and to engage parents more efficiently. We’ve set up a few examples to give you a bit of inspiration and get you started.
– Notice Board Poster: free posters that you can put up around the school or the space where you hold meetings.
– PowerPoint Presentation: if you need to bring the commission scheme to the attention of a PTA or Board before you can register, then this presentation is a great source of information about how everything works.

To find out more or to register as a commission partner, simply visit our website and click on the purple “Schools Information” button to access all of our commission scheme resources.

Name Labels For Nursing Homes & Residential Care Homes

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Name labels are a small but effective helper if you have a friend or relative who is a resident of or is moving into a nursing or residential care home.

Moving into a home can be a stressful experience, with many residents finding that the familiarity of their belongings is a reassuring and calming factor in a new environment. However, with care homes relying on the use of shared facilities (e.g. shared kitchens and laundries) to provide day to day services for their residents and with residents spending time in communal areas (for example, during mealtimes, when receiving visitors, or when taking part in group activities) it is all too easy for their belongings to be mixed up or to go missing altogether.

The loss of these items (especially personal items that are of significant emotional value) can cause great stress to residents (and their friends and family) and members of staff – who will also end up wasting valuable time trying to reunite items with their rightful owners or trying to locate items that have gone missing; time that would be much better spent looking after the residents themselves, instead of their belongings.

A name label is a simple and effective way to prevent items from going missing or from getting mixed up. We provide two types of name labels that can be used to label the belongings of residents staying in care homes:

STIKINS ® name labels are made with a flexible vinyl that is extremely smooth to the touch (so it won’t cause irritation when applied inside clothing); they can be applied to the wash care label of clothing, bedding, and other fabric items (and will go through both washing machines AND tumble driers), and can also be stuck directly onto personal items that are of significant value to their owner.

TRONS ® name transfers are an iron on name transfer that fuses and bonds with materials to create a completely permanent name label on any fabric item.

Most customers request name labels with their relative or friend’s name on, but you can also request labels with additional information, such as their room number (to make it easier to return their items), allergy or medical information (to act as an additional medical alert), or even a simple message such as “Property Of” or “Please Return To”.

While residents or their friends and family can order name labels from us themselves, we are also happy to accept direct orders from nursing homes and residential care facilities – we also offer a 10% discount to care homes who order name labels from us on behalf of their residents.

Name Labels! What Are They Good For? Absolutely Everything! (Nearly)

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Name labels are a very versatile product, which can be used to label all sorts of things in all sorts of situations and environments – in fact, the number of ways you can use them and the number of things you can label with them is often only limited by what you can come up with! So here’s a short guide to the WHO, WHAT, and WHERE of name labels.

WHO CAN APPLY THEM?
STIKINS ®: these labels simply peel off their backing sheet and stick down like any other kind of label, which means they can be applied by pretty much anyone. We would recommend, however, that you don’t allow very young children to handle these labels and that you do supervise children to make sure that they’re sticking the labels down properly (and not simply plastering the walls!).

TRONS ®: these labels are iron-on transfers, which means they require the use of a hot iron, a firm hand, and plenty of patience to follow the application process correctly. As such, children should not be allowed to apply these labels (and some adults might require supervision as well!).

WHAT CAN THEY BE USED TO LABEL?
STIKINS ®: these name labels are made from a super flexible vinyl and a super strong adhesive, which allows them to be applied to all kinds of items and surfaces. When applying these labels to garments and fabric items, they should be applied to the wash care label. While they MAY stick perfectly well if applied directly onto the material of an item, there is so much variation in the fabrics used to make clothing and other items that it would be impossible to test (and list) all of the combinations that our Stikins ® will (and will not) work on. However, they have been fully tested on wash care labels, which means that we can say that they will work properly when applied to the wash care label.

Stikins ® can also be used to label a myriad of personal items, including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and bags, P.E. kit and school equipment, and shoes (where they should be applied to the side of the shoe or the tongue – you should NEVER apply them beneath the heel as the print will disintegrate rapidly due to the friction generated during movement).

It should be noted that Stikins ® are not great at sticking to socks; socks tend not to have a wash care label and, because the fabric stretches around the foot, there isn’t a fixed surface area for the adhesive to adhere to. Over time the label will begin to peel up and will eventually fall off entirely.

TRONS ®: these labels use the same materials and technology as the transfers used in the clothing industry to apply designs to garments; this means that they can ONLY be used to label fabric items, where the transfer can bond and fuse with the item to form a permanent name label that is effectively a part of the item itself.

WHERE ARE THEY MOST USEFUL?
Name labels work best in busy, shared environments, especially where people are sharing equipment or own items that are extremely similar if not identical in appearance. Adding brief details about the owner of an item (e.g. name and contact information) is a really easy way to make sure that these items are easily distinguishable and can be returned to their rightful owner.

Some examples of places where name labels come in really handy are:
SCHOOLS
Every school has hundreds of people sharing the same set of rooms and corridors, with each of them carting around sets of uniform, coats and bags, equipment, and personal items – many of which will be identical or very similar in appearance. Lost property is a perpetual problem in schools with staff wasting time and resources throughout the school year trying to collect and return items to their rightful owners, while parents will be endlessly frustrated at the time and money that they have to waste on replacing items – many of which will be less than a year old in the first place.

Schools are the ideal place for name labels; the school KNOWS who attends the school so the simple act of adding a name makes it extremely easy to return items to the correct student (or, of course, to summon that child to the Lost Property department to reclaim their belongings themselves). Many schools now include name labels as a “Recommended” item on their list of School Uniform & Equipment, while some have gone a step further and made it a “Required” item.

NURSING HOMES & RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES
While they might not share the hustle and bustle of a school, care homes nevertheless involve taking a group of people and their belongings and putting them into shared spaces (such as activity rooms, dining rooms, communal sitting rooms, gardens etc) and shared facilities (such as kitchens and laundry facilities).

The belongings that residents take with them are often of high sentimental value and it can be extremely distressing if any of these items are lost. Likewise staff will have more important tasks to get on with, instead of spending time trying to sort out which items belong to whom and trying to track down belongings that have gone missing. Name labels make it extremely quick and easy to return items.

HOMES
Name labels can also prevent problems at home; siblings often own similar (or identical) items, which means that there may be tears and tantrums when one of those items goes missing or there’s a disagreement about which item belongs to which child. Adding a name label is a quick and easy way to put an end to such fights before they’ve even had a chance to begin.

BUSINESSES
Name labels can be used to assign uniform or equipment to a particular employee or to indicate that those items are the property of a particular department within the business to ensure that the items are returned to the correct place. This can prevent mix ups and prevent companies wasting money on replacing items that have gone missing.

Of course, they can also come in handy if you’re just trying to stop other people taking your lunch out of the fridge, using your favourite mug from home for their coffee break, or if you’ve encountered the pesky problem whereby all of your stationery seems to keep magically disappearing from your desk (and reappearing on someone else’s).

Name Labels In Time And Space – An FAQ Special

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

This blog is here to answer all your questions about name labels in time and space! Or, to put it another way, questions like “How long do they last?” and “Where should I store my name labels?”.

How long will my name labels last?
We often find that parents aren’t sure if our name labels will last long enough, with some asking if they will need to replace their labels after so many washes or after a certain period of time.

Our name labels are actually extremely sturdy and will often outlast the items they are used to label. We’ve had many an amazed comment from parents who have found that while their child’s school uniform has disintegrated beyond recognition, their name labels are still firmly in place with the print as bold and legible as ever.

Of course, there are a few things we recommend to help make sure that your labels remain firmly in place, such as:
– AVOID IRONING OVER YOUR NAME LABELS: you should not allow an iron to come into directly contact with your name labels. Stikins ® are made of vinyl, which will shrivel and melt if they come into direct contact with an iron. Trons ®, meanwhile, will not be as dramatically affected BUT – like any other transfer used to add design work onto clothing – if you iron directly over the name transfer the print will start to gradually fade and disintegrate over time.
– AVOID STICKING STIKINS ® DIRECTLY BELOW THE HEEL IN SHOES: the constant friction between the label and the foot will cause the print to disintegrate rapidly. We recommend applying Stikins ® either onto the side of the shoe or beneath the tongue.

Can I remove my labels in the future if I want to pass items along or donate them to charity?
Stikins ®: Yes / Trons ®: No.

While Stikins ® are designed to stick in and stay in (and have an extremely strong adhesive to ensure they achieve this), they can be removed – providing you have an extensive supply of patience, effort, and elbow grease. You may find that when you remove these name labels from your items, there is an element of adhesive residue left behind – as an alternative, you may wish to cut off the wash care labels that you applied the name labels to (providing you are happy to lose the care instructions for future reference).

Trons ®, however, are a completely permanent name label solution; they bond and fuse with the material of an item, which means they effectively become a part of the item itself and so cannot be removed at a later date. You would need to cut out a name transfer to remove it, which would obviously cause damage to the item and would most likely make it unfit for passing along to someone else.

Do I have to use all my name labels up when I buy them?
Not at all!

You can use however many labels you need for the moment and then store the rest away safely for future use.
Please note that we recommend keeping your labels in their original packaging during storage.

Our Stikins ® retain their quality for the first two years and Trons ® for the first five years.

Where should I store my name labels?
If you do wish to store some of your name labels away for future use, we advise that you keep them in their original packaging and store them somewhere that is out of direct sunlight, dry, and (preferably) that will remain at a steady room temperature (without extremes of cold or hot temperatures).

For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQ page.

FAQ – How Do I Apply My Name Labels?!

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

While we’ve tried to make our name labels as simple and straightforward as possible to use, it’s always nice to have some instructions to hand to make sure you’ve done everything absolutely right.

We’ve written step by step guides for both our Stikins ® name labels and our Trons ® name transfers; a copy of these instructions is sent out with each pack and they are also available to view or download on our website.

Of course, every little extra helps, so here’s both sets of Instructions For Use in this very blog post, right here!

Instructions For Use: STIKINS ® name labels

  1. Ensure the item is completely dry.
  2. Carefully peel the label from the backing paper, trying to avoid touching the adhesive.
  3. Apply the label onto the wash-care label of the item (clothing/fabric items) or directly onto the item itself.
  4. Using your thumb, smooth the label down for a few seconds to ensure that the adhesive fully bonds with the material.

Instructions For Use: TRONS ® name transfers

  1. Use a hard flat surface (not an ironing board). Turn the clothes inside out. Set the iron to the maximum heat setting.
  2. Cut or tear the silicon sheet. Each piece must be bigger than the labels. Each piece can only be used once.
  3. Put the garment over the edge of the surface. Put a label text up on the very edge of the surface.
  4. Put a piece of silicon paper on top of the label. The silicon must be shiny side down. The silicon should only be used once.
  5. Iron the silicon paper with the tip of the iron but do not use steam. Press down and move the iron from side to side. Iron for 25 seconds.
  6. Remove the silicon paper while still hot. Allow it to cool and check the label is bonded. If the label is not bonded then repeat step 5.

Top Tips For Long-Lasting (Name) Labels

– After applying Stikins ®, leave the item for 24 hours before washing to allow the adhesive to fully strengthen and set. Do not be tempted to test the adhesive by peeling up a corner of the label after washing.

– Apply your labels to items that have been washed at least ONCE before application; some items (especially clothing) may have traces of dust, excess dye, or preservative coatings that can interfere with the adhesive on Stikins ®and with the bonding process when you apply Trons ®.

– Don’t iron directly over your labels once they have been applied; the Stikins ®are made of vinyl that will melt if it is touched by an iron, and the print on your Trons ® transfers may gradually disintegrate over time if you iron directly over the print.

– Remember that Stikins ® MUST be applied onto the wash care label of garments and Trons ® MUST NOT be applied onto the wash care label of items.

– Apply Stikins ® to the side or beneath the tongue of shoes; they must not be applied directly beneath the heel as the constant friction between the label and foot will cause the print to rapidly disintegrate until it is worn away completely.

Name Labels 101: An Introduction To Stikins ® & Trons ®

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

With the New Year underway, we thought we’d go back to basics and write an introduction (or a re-introduction for existing customers) to our name labels. And, with students across the country preparing for a new semester of coursework deadlines, we thought we’d have a go at an assignment of our own. So, without further ado, we present to you our first (and probably only) assignment piece (or an approximation thereof) on the subject of name labels…

Introduction
A brief introduction to name labels, including a discussion of what is a name label, why name labels are used, and two case studies on Label Planet’s name label products (Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers).

Section 1: What Is A Name Label?
In its simplest form, name labels are simply that – labels with a name on them for the purpose of identifying the owner of an item. In the world of name labels, however, the term can be applied to a range of products, all of which identify the owner of the item to which a product has been attached. Examples of name label “types” currently available include stick on name labels, iron on name labels, name transfers, clip on name labels or “name tags”, and the more traditional sew-in name labels (or “tapes”). Each type of name label has its own method of application, along with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

Section 2: Why Do We Need Name Labels?
Name labels are one solution to the problem of items getting mixed up or lost. They are particularly useful in environments where a group of people with similar or identical sets of belongings share one confined space or set of facilities. The most common example (and perhaps the situation in which name labels are most effective) is schools; hundreds of students attend school armed with similar or identical belongings, all of which must be carried between classrooms (as well as to and from school) and is easily mixed up or misplaced. Adding a name label makes it clear to whom an item belongs (which prevents mix ups occurring) and, should an item go missing, it is easy for the school to notify the correct pupil that their belongings have been found. This means staff don’t have to waste time and money maintaining a “Lost Property” facility within the school and that parents don’t have to waste time and money replacing items that are often quite expensive and usually no more than a year old.

Likewise, name labels can be used to great effect in nursing and residential care homes; whether items are put through shared facilities (e.g. kitchens or laundries) or simply put down and forgotten about, staff will be able to easily identify the owner of an item and return it. This can prevent distress to the resident and save staff valuable time that they can spend on their scheduled tasks. Businesses can also use name labels to keep track of their assets, such as uniform and/or equipment that is assigned to or loaned out to employees. This can prevent them from wasting money on replacing items that have gone missing.

Section 3: A Case Study – STIKINS ® name labels
Stikins ® are stick on name labels; these labels are made with a smooth, flexible vinyl and an advanced adhesive that allow the labels to adhere to a range of surfaces under a variety of conditions. These labels simply peel off their backing sheet and can be applied to all kinds of items; when applied to garments and fabric items they should be applied onto the wash care label, while they can be applied directly onto personal items (such as bags and shoes, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and tablet devices etc). These name labels are either white or silver in colour and are printed with a bold black font to ensure that the text is easy to see and read. Each label measures 30mm wide by 15mm high and this product is available in four pack sizes (30, 60, 90, or 120 labels per pack); each pack comes complete with a set of instructions for use.

This versatile label can be used on almost any item (with the main exception being socks); the flexible label will adhere to a range of surfaces and can be safely put through washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, and microwaves. The smooth finish of the vinyl means that the label won’t cause irritation if applied to a wash care label that comes into contact with skin when an item is worn and the print has been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is fully resistant to sun creams and lotions, which means that these labels are useful all year round. They are also extremely easy to apply, which means that they can be applied by adults or by children themselves (although younger children should be supervised).

Section 4: A Case Study – TRONS ® name transfers
Trons ® are iron-on name transfers; they rely on the same techniques and materials used by the clothing industry to add designs to articles of clothing (especially t-shirts). These transfers fuse and bond with the material of an item to create a completely permanent name label. Trons ® name transfers are white in colour and are printed with a bold black font to ensure that the transfer is easy to find (even on dark clothing) and the print remains clear and legible. Each transfer measures 35mm wide by 15mm high and this product is available in four pack sizes (35, 70, 105, or 140 transfers per pack); each pack comes complete with a handy step by step application guide and free silicon sheets for use during application.

While they can only be used on fabric items, name transfers are a very effective name label solution; they may require a more careful application process (adults should not allow children to apply these labels themselves) but once they are applied they cannot be subsequently removed (unless, of course, you get crafty with a pair of scissors).

Conclusion
Name labels are brilliant!

This small product can be a big help, whether they’re used by a parent trying to help their children keep hold of their belongings (and keep their money safe for other things), a school trying to tackle a mountain of Lost Property, a relative or friend helping someone move into a care home, or a business trying to keep track of its assets – simply identifying the owner of an item goes a long way to saving time and money that is wasted when similar or identical items get mixed up or lost in busy shared environments.

Recommended Further Reading:
Stikins ® Information Page
Trons ® Information Page
Instructions For Use Page
Frequently Asked Questions Page

Despatch & Delivery Information For Spring 2016

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A quick update on our production levels for those customers who want to know how long it will be before their first order of name labels for the New Year will arrive on their doorstep!

Currently production is running on Tuesdays and Fridays, meaning that all orders are made and despatched within three working days.

Our UK orders are despatched via First Class post as standard, with around 93% of this arriving on the next working day and the remainder taking a few days extra.

Customers can choose to upgrade to a guaranteed next working day delivery option (shipping cost: £5.75) to meet a particular deadline; perhaps you need your labels for a school trip or holiday, you’ve suddenly realised you’ve got new bits of uniform and equipment to label and your previous batch of labels has run out, or perhaps you’re purchasing name labels on behalf of a friend or relative who is moving into a nursing or residential care home.

Simply give us a call to get your order upgraded to a next working day delivery option; where possible, we will always try to ensure that urgent orders are made and despatched same day.

 We also offer shipping to a limited number of countries outside of the UK; these orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s International Standard delivery service. There is a shipping charge of £1.50 per item, and Royal Mail state that they aim to deliver items sent on this service in 3-5 working days (Western Europe) or 5-7 working days (Rest of the World).

 Remember, you can always find the most up to date information on our production levels and despatch/delivery estimates by visiting our Despatch & Delivery information page at any point throughout the year.

A Happy New Year To All Of Our Name Label Customers!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

We’re back for 2016, and we hope that all of our customers (and assorted friends and family) have had a wonderful Christmas holiday and a fantastic start to the New Year!

Hopefully the coming year will bring all kinds of good things (and possibly even a new year’s resolution to buy more name labels!).

Here at Label Planet, production is up and running once more; all orders placed over the Christmas holidays were printed and despatched yesterday (Monday 4th January) and all new orders are being processed according to our current despatch and delivery service level – production runs on Tuesdays and Fridays (up to 3pm), with all orders being made and despatched within three working days.

Orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service; if you need to receive your order in time for a specific deadline (for example, if your child has a school trip coming up or a friend or relative is moving into a residential or nursing home), please give us a call. If you order by phone, you can request an upgraded shipping service (UK delivery only, £5.75 shipping cost) to guarantee next day delivery of your name labels.